Rats ready for clash with Casino

THE Warwick Water Rats will kick off their 2010 campaign tomorrow with a trial match against the Casino Bulls at Risdon Oval.

Coach John O’Leary said he expected the match to be a physical affair, but a good indication of how the Rats will go in this year’s Darling Downs Rugby Union competition.

“We’re looking reasonably strong but it’s a little bit unknown and that’s why we’re really looking forward to this trial,” O’Leary said.

“We know (Casino) will be quite strong, from what I understand they’ll be pretty much similar to a good A-grade team in the Darling Downs competition.”

O’Leary said the trials – there will be two at 1.30pm and 3pm – would be a good opportunity for fringe players to prove themselves, as a number of key likely A-grade players were unavailable.

“Take someone like Conrad Van Kan (C-grade player of the year in 2009), he’s been training the house down and been playing very well at training so I’d like to give him a go,” he said.

“It’s a trial match and that’s what the idea is, to give people a go. People will be at varying times playing maybe out of position.”

O’Leary said he was expecting the match to be a physical game, dominated by the forwards with good support from quick outside backs.

“At this stage of the season we’re probably more forwards-based but we have quite a number of quick backs,” he said.

O’Leary said these would be the only trial games before the Darling Downs season kicks off next month. However he said the Rats would be holding a mini rugby camp on March 27 so as the players can get to know each other, before a barbecue mid-afternoon ahead of a 3pm Golden Oldies match at Risdon Oval.



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